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Linton- Life in the Collections

J. G. Holland ed.:

25) Illustrated Library of Favorite Song based upon Folksongs

New York 1873

The book includes 125 engravings and is divided into four sections: Songs of The Heart, Songs of Home, Songs of Life, and Songs of Nature

This collection of poems was in the words of its editor Josiah Gilbert Holland intended to work “as a fireside companion, as a book to be taken up in broken hours, as a corrective of the influence of the trash poured out by the periodical press, as a minister to pure tastes, refined pleasures, and the love of home, country, man and God.” The influential editor of Scribner’s Monthly gathered some of the the most distinguished illustrators to decorate his compilation, among them Thomas Nast, Thomas Moran, William John Hennessy, Mary Hallock, Alfred Parsons, Alfred Kappes and Harry Fenn. Linton contributed ten rather uninspired engravings. One of the few excellent engravings  in the book was executed by the deserving Alexander Wilson Drake. Drake was director of the art department of Scribner's Monthly since 1870 and thereafter held a similar position on the Century Magazine. He was one of the main promoters of the New School of American Wood Engraving and one of the founders of the influential Grolier Club of bibliophiles.

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Engraver: Alexander Wilson Drake